Should You Get Whitening Toothpaste?August 26th, 2016
It’s something that you have been aware of for some time, although you have been in denial about it.
The years of drinking coffee and iced tea and soft drinks have added up, and now, you can’t really deny it anymore.
Your teeth are yellow, and you don’t like it.
You’ve seen the commercials for teeth whitening toothpaste, and you’ve been wondering if that could help you get your white, bright smile back.
Well, we won’t tell you that you can’t try it. But when you do, and you are disappointed with the results, the team at Ascension Premier Dental will be here for you. Our professional teeth whitening will do so much than whitening toothpaste ever could.
Let us show you what is possible if you live in or near our dentist office in Geismar, LA.
What Is ‘Whitening’ Toothpaste?
That’s an interesting question, but the answer may not satisfy you.
Teeth whitening is one of the most requested forms of cosmetic dentistry in the United States. It only makes sense that companies would want to capitalize on its popularity with a variety of whitening products.
At a basic level, white teeth look cleaner and healthier. Studies also have demonstrated that people with white teeth are perceived to be younger than people yellow teeth.
And on a personal level, we have seen how making your teeth look nicer with whitening or another cosmetic service can give you a boost of confidence.
So what is whitening toothpaste, and will it help you?
The American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs looked into whitening products a few years ago as they started to become more and more common. From their research, they concluded that whitening toothpaste is meant to remove surface stains from your teeth.
By that standard, practically any toothpaste could be considered a whitening product.
If you are interested in removing deep stains from your teeth, then “whitening” toothpaste probably is not what you really want.
What About Other Whitening Products?
The ADA council distinguishes between whitening toothpaste and what it calls bleaching products.
Bleaching products typically contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These can remove stains that are below the surface of your teeth.
However, this is a big difference between the products you will find at the grocery store and the professional whitening products that you will find at our dentist office.
To put this in perspective, think of the difference between using your garden hose or using a pressure washer to clean dirt off the side of your house.
Professional whitening products are more like the pressure washer. They will remove more of the stains, and they will do it in less time than the commercial products.
How much stronger are professional whitening products than their commercial counterparts? Again, the ADA council is helpful.
The ADA noted that only commercial products that contain 10 percent carbamide peroxide (which is equal to 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide) are eligible for the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Professional products can have concentrations of bleaching agents more than 11 times higher than commercial products.
This is why a single in-office treatment can produce a dramatic difference in the whiteness of your smile compared to the mediocre improvement that can occur after weeks of using commercial products.
At Ascension Premier Dental, we use KöR whitening products for our patients. KöR is one of the most effective whitening products available today, and it’s been designed to reduce the temporary sensitivity that can occur after a whitening treatment.
Before You Try Whitening
If you don’t do anything else, at least pay attention to this recommendation from the ADA Council.
Before you attempt any kind of teeth whitening, talk to your dentist. Teeth whitening can be a great way to remove stains and improve the appearance of your smile.
When used incorrectly, whitening products can damage your teeth.
It’s also important to note that if you already have other health issues with your teeth, then whitening may not be a good idea.
There are other ways to deal with yellow, stained teeth so they look whiter and brighter. If you are not a good candidate for teeth whitening, we can offer guidance on other options to change the color of your teeth.
Making An Appointment
If you are interested in teeth whitening, please start by scheduling a consultation at our dentist office in Geismar, LA. We can examine your teeth, and help you find the solution that will work for you.